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Mild highs, strong wind and Arctic air

Almanac 1 February 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 1 February 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Mild highs, strong wind and Arctic air top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on February 1.

1881- A two-day snowstorm dropped 12.5" of snowfall on Detroit!

1885 - A low temperature of -20° occurred in Calumet.

1918 - February opens on a frigid note during one of the most severe winters in history across the central and eastern United States. Muskegon tumbles to a record cold -22° and Lansing also sets a record with -16°. Other daily records around the state include Alpena with -27°, Houghton Lake with a brutal -48° and Sault Ste. Marie at -31°. For Houghton Lake this is the coldest February day ever.

1965 - Muskegon starts the month with their snowiest February day, receiving 14.2”.

1968 - Warm air moved into West Michigan with record high temperatures. Both Muskegon and Lansing see a record of 52°.

1971 - This is a chilly day across Lower Michigan with record cold high temperatures for the day, generally ranging from 3° to 7°. Daily records include Grand Rapids , Muskegon , Lansing , Flint , and Houghton Lake .

1996 - Arctic air become entrenched over Upper Michigan during the first four days of February. Some low temperatures on the 1st included Iron River -41F, Amasa -40F, Stephenson -38°, Kenton -36°, Iron Mountain -33°, Champion -33°, Ironwood -32°, Bergland -32°, and Alberta -27°.

2002 - A record daily snowfall of 14.6 inches occurred at the Weather Forecast Office in Marquette, part of the record snowiest month ever with 6-10 inches of snow across the southern U.P. A complex storm system moving northeast from the southern plains brought snow to mainly the east and central portions of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Early morning reports included 10 inches in Herman, Gwinn and Munising, 12 inches near Skandia, and 8 inches in Spaulding, Newberry and Shingleton. 12 hour snowfall totals by the evening hours were 6 to 10 inches across eastern Upper Michigan in Chippewa and Mackinac Counties.

2009 - A low pressure system tracking across Ontario brought a strong cold front across Upper Michigan on the 1st. As a result, high wind and moderate snowfall occurred at a few locations along Lake Superior. The Houghton County Airport measured frequent wind gusts of 50 to 55 mph throughout much of the morning. A peak wind gust of 62 mph was recorded at 12:25 am. The spotter at Freda measured sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph with a peak gust of 52 mph around 7 am.

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